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Roster features 15 athletes, and a battle tested group of middle weights.
This season, Friday Harbor’s fate may well rest in the hands of whomever steps up to fill the void left behind by Dakota Rosales.
Head Coach Eric Jangard welcomes the chance to instill a new core of players with the fundamentals of what’s proven to be a winning program.
Junior post-player Tabatha Keane tossed in six and Kendra Meeker added four, combining on 10 of the Wolverines 12 first-half points.
Junior Jacob Benson scored a game-high 20 points before fouling out late in the fourth, and Blankenbeckler and junior Collin Feight each tossed in 11 points for the Grizzlies.
Mark Shinman's derby-leading catch was among the 100 fish hooked, reeled in and weighed in the first day of the tournament, which features a $10,000 cash prize for the biggest fish. Anglers braved hail, sleet and strong winds on Day 1 of the derby, according to Kevin Klein of Puget Sound Anglers Friday Harbor Chapter, sponsor of the event.
Clayton Banry, recipient of Friday Harbor's first-ever "Sixth Wolverine Award", will be in the spotlight and ringing the bell, as boys and girls basketball teams face Bear Creek, Saturday, in the home opener for each; tip off is noon, in Turnbull Gym.
Friday Harbor’s athletes together earned a dozen individual all-league awards for performances on the field in this fall sports season.
The Wolverines managed just two points in the second quarter and three in the third period.
Senior Collin Williamson tossed in a game-high 19 points to lead the Wolverines on the offensive end, despite missing much of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He returned late, hit a pair of free throws and a three pointer.
Friday Harbor squares off on the road against a Tigers squad seeking its seventh consecutive state tournament bid, Tuesday, at 5:45 p.m., in its season opener.
On the heels of a decisive 38-14 win at Lynden Christian, their second of the season over the Lyncs, the Wolverines will have momentum and their highest-scoring output of the year on their side when they face Life Christian Academy on the road, Saturday, in their season finale.
Football, concessions and cheerleaders too, as the Freshman and the Juniors Tigers teams play their final home of the season, Saturday, at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
After knocking off three Northwest 1A/2B League rivals in succession, Mount Vernon Christian, Concrete and Cedar Park Christian, all in three straight games, the Wolverines continued their string of shutouts with a victory over 1A regional rival Blaine, Saturday, at home.
Comeback bid doomed by 4th quarter fumble, questionable call at goal line
In a week filled with upsets, the Friday Harbor football team had one of their own seemingly in hand. A missed point-after-attempt and a failed two-point conversion, and penalties loom large in the loss, Friday Harbor’s first of the season.
The Wolverines put the brakes on a four-game scoreless losing skid and improved to 4-5 overall, 3-2 in league, with the victory over the winless Pioneers.
Winners of the last two matches, including a victory in four games on the road Sept. 18 over Mount Baker, the Wolverines nudged their record over the .500 mark, at 2-1, with back-to-back victories.
The Friday Harbor girls soccer team’s only goal of the match came early, with Teagan Serna driving home a pass from Emily Guard to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes off the clock.
In addition to laying claim to the trophy, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the year and posted their second shutout of the season. In a battle of unbeatens, they face Northwest 1A/2B League rival La Conner, undefeated, at 3-0, and a 42-20 winner over previously unbeaten Concrete, this coming Friday, at La Conner.
This weekend's marquee prep sports matchup features the Friday Harbor football team seeking to reclaim the coveted Island Cup trophy and its third consecutive win with a victory at home, Friday, over the Vikings of Orcas Island; kick off is 6:45 p.m.
Friday Harbor speedster Emily Guard notches a "hat trick", with two goals in the first half and No. 3 after the break, in leading the Wolverines to a decisive victory over their inter-island rival.
With the win, the Wolverines improved to 2-0 on the season. They also gained a leg up over the Lynden Christian in the 1A regional playoff race. Next up, the Vikings of Orcas Island, at home, Friday, in the annual inter-island clash with the Island Cup trophy at stake.
The SWISH leagues are for girls in grades 5-8. Games are on Saturdays, on the mainland, beginning Oct. 27. Registration forms are available in the elementary and middle school offices. Entry fee includes travel.
With 108 rushing yards, senior Micah Powell fell one yard shy of matching Anacortes on the ground for the game. Powell tallied two touchdowns, however, which is two more than the Seahawks managed over four quarters of play.
“We’re starting off the season with a bang, no doubt about it,” Head Coach Darrin Scheffer said of squaring off against a bigger school, on the road, in the team's opening game of the 2012 season. “We’re going to go out there and play our hearts out. The kids are excited.”
With the sound of footsteps closing in, Bellevue 17-year-old Jordan Harris switched on the afterburners and left "the elder" Thomsen in the dust, finishing his first-ever Loop Run in first place overall and, with a time of 34:08, eclipsing his previous "personal best" by a full 30 seconds.
One the heels of the Friday Harbor softball team's championship season, its second in a row, pitcher Jean Melborne and first-year coach Nickie Davis earned top post-seasons awards. Melborne was named Northwest 1A/2B League MVP; Davis was selected league Coach of the Year.
Perhaps no one benefitted more from Sunday's "ideal" conditions than Bothell's Greg Poffenroth, who finished the half-marathon portion of the 10th annual Kings Market San Juan Island Marathon/Half Marathon and 10K run in first place—for the second year in a row.
Kendra Meeker braved the wind and rain to capture sixth place in the 1A High School State Golf Tournament with a score of 87. Meeker, a sophomore at Friday Harbor High School, finished in 12th place in last year’s state tournament.
Trailing 6-5 at the half, the Dragons rallied after the break, scoring the next three goals of the contest to take a 9-6 lead and grab an advantage they would maintain until the final buzzer.
Two days after claiming the league title, Friday Harbor sophomore Kendra Meeker, a state tournament-qualifier a year ago, nearly claimed a second consecutive crown, falling to to District champion Jordan Wyrick of King's High School by a single stroke in the District 1 playoffs, Saturday in Bellingham.
With a school 300m hurdles record in the bag, freshman Willie Blackmon joins senior Lucas Jagel (discus), junior Aaron Prager (long jump and triple jump) and sophomore Alaina Scheffer (javelin) in qualifying for the tri-district meet, which in turn is a qualifying event for the state 1A/1B/2B league meet set for Cheney on May 25 and 26.
"This was a great meet for us,” Coach Darrin Scheffer said. “The competition was fierce, the weather was great, and the athletes performed well.”
With the win, Friday Harbor boosted its stature in the post-season District 1A playoff brackets, which begin Saturday, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine, and will face Lynden Christian in a rematch in the opening round. Game time is noon.
The Friday Harbor baseball team bounced back from its only loss of the year in league play, a 3-2 defeat at Concrete, with a venegance.
The Wolverines catapulted into contention with a pair of first-places finishes, and sealed then a second-place finish on the strength of a trio of second place finishes: Jarray Napier, 11.97 seconds in the 100-meter sprint; Sam McMain, 12:24.25 in the 3200; and Aaron Prager, 16'11.5" in the long jump.
With the win, the Wolverines remain alone atop the Northwest 1A/2B standings, at 3-0, and improved to 3-2 overall.
Senior Lucas Jagel won both the 400 meter run and the discus, notching season personal bests in both events—55.35 seconds in the 400M, 106 feet in the discus. — Editor's note: Mark your calendar... Friday Harbor's only home meet of the season is Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.
First year on the team. A couple of first-place medals. And then, a first hole-in-one. The 2012 golf season just keeps getting better for Friday Harbor sophomore Christo Bolger.